When you enroll in the Child and Youth Care Program, you will complete a comprehensive course of study that includes over 700 hours of class time and 120 hours of practical training in a designated child or youth setting. You will learn important aspects of normative and non-normative development as you focus on treatment and prevention modalities for at-risk children and youth.
You receive individualized service and specialized training as a result of our manageable class sizes. You will be in a friendly, supportive learning environment with trained personable support staff to offer assistance.
Your program will have an emphasis on four important areas in child and youth care: Developmental Psychology, Professional Practice, Support Modalities and Practical Experience. In each course, you will receive knowledge-based education and mentorship from your experienced, qualified instructors.
When you graduate from the Child and Youth Care Program, you will demonstrate competence in intervention, communication, activity planning, and cultural diversity. You can then go on to find employment in a variety of settings including youth drop-in centres, alternate, mainstream, and after-school programs, alcohol and drug prevention programs, youth-at-risk and outreach programs, teen pregnancy centres, special needs programs, and other places of employment that provide services for children and youth.
Graduates of the Sprott Shaw College Child and Youth Care Worker Diploma Program will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:
- Demonstrate knowledge of human development and the factors that may affect development
- Demonstrate knowledge of the Child and Youth Care Worker’s role and responsibilities in terms of legal and ethical standards
- Demonstrate knowledge of the Child and Youth Care Worker’s scope of practice for British Columbia
- Demonstrate professionalism and the ability to communicate and work collaboratively and professionally with clients and other professionals in the field
- Apply knowledge and skill when working with children and youth in a variety of settings